How Trump's budget cuts could affect Meals on Wheels, needy North Texans

Posted March 19, 2017

"There is much to be concerned about the President's proposed blueprint", said Wilson. One Meals on Wheels program outside Detroit risks losing 30 percent of its annual budget if the block grant is scrapped.

The program, which focuses on delivering food to individuals who can not leave their homes, says it served more than 219 million meals to 2 million seniors in 2015. His situation is dire.

"If she didn't have meals on wheels she'd starve", said Tress Smitter Friday, speaking of her friend to FOX 17.

"I just depend on that for something to eat- keeps me alive".

"To have the federal government take away this money is just an unbelievable situation", Meals on Wheels Executive Director Chris Baca said.

The Washington Post notes that more than 1.6 million children are at risk of losing their after-school programs if the Trump administration follows through on its cuts.

No one could say for sure this week how those changes would roll out across Oregon.

"How else would I eat?"

Meals on Wheels is a decentralized organization with a network of 5000 senior nutrition programs. "If Congress has another way to do that, we're happy to talk to them about it". Many states make the decision to use that money on Meals on Wheels. "This does not make America great again", she said. "There are not many COAs that are in a position to say that".

Carmack says the only he can do at this point is wait and hope for the best. On which part of the wall that money will build and where, he said: "We don't know the answer to that question..." Meals on Wheels saves taxpayers $34 billion a year in healthcare costs.

Trump Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters today that eliminating food for senior citizens via the Meals On Wheels program was the compassionate thing to do because if a program can't demonstrate results, it should get cut. Another casualty of this proposed budget is the Meals on Wheels food delivery program. The document says the program - named after former USA senators George McGovern (D) and Bob Dole (R), who pushed for it - "lacks evidence that it is being effectively implemented to reduce food insecurity".

"The problem with a skinny budget is it is lean on details".

The need is growing rapidly, and federal funding has not kept pace.

And while many agencies stand to lose millions of dollars in funding, others face total elimination. At a time when increased funding is needed, we fear that the millions of seniors who rely on us every day for a nutritious meal, safety check and visit from a volunteer will be left behind.

On top of the nutritional factor, the contact with the volunteers serves as a crucial well-being check for numerous seniors as well, in the form of safety checks, and to make sure seniors are otherwise OK. States that invest more in delivering meals to seniors' homes have lower rates of "low-care" seniors in nursing homes.